June 3, 2013 Subject:
There was another actor that played LC around the same time period; I prefer this one more.
July 12, 2011 Subject:
A very good film well worth watching
June 6, 2011 Subject:
A Fun One
The comedy easily beats the mystery in this movie, actually named The Shadow ReturnsIMDb. The story was hard to follow, though the plot became clear. Jewels are imported into the country inside of a coffin, and recovered from its burial plot. The man who recovered the jewels vanishes soon afterward, just as he goes to meet with the jewels' owner and buyers. A spooky start. Everyone who knows about the jewels falls to their death just before questioning, apparent suicides. It's the usual setup at the end, when all of the suspects are gathered together and the murderer is exposed. Be prepared for a fun ride with a few hefty plot contrivances to swallow.
Other movies at IA featuring The Shadow are The Shadow Strikes (1937) and International Crime (1938). The Shadow does the superhero costume switch in this one. The leading players are good. Barbara Read is a honey.
The video quality varies, but never gets bad. Audio goes out of sync with video late in the movie, but not by much.
June 4, 2011 Subject:
Just Curious, Myself
If your looking for the Street And Smith "Shadow" this ain't him. If your looking for the radio "Shadow", which was among the best theatre of the mind programs on radio, this ain't it either. It does borrow from both mediums, but only slightly. It is a nice crime-comedy romp in its own right. Kane Richmond is fine as is Barbara Reed. Great support from Tom Dugan, Pierre Watkin and Joseph Crehan help. Mildly diverting, but finally just dumb. I downloaded this in MPEG4. Picture was great. Sound was way too low. (That could be my fault). It could have been better. Very Sloppy Monogram entry.
June 3, 2011 Subject:
Missing gems and falling bodies
Those who remember the original radio series starring Orsen Wells and others know it could be hard-hitting and topical, covering issues like labor racketeering, government corruption and corporate crime. Don't expect the like in this lighthearted adventure, and no use is made of the Shadow's mystical ability - "the power to cloud men's minds."
A shortage of exposition in the first reel makes the farfetched plot a bit hard to follow, but as things turn out this isn't very important. Kane Richmond makes a passable Lamont Cranston, and Barbara Read is a cute and feisty Margo Lane.
Tom Dugan is on hand as Cranston's discombobulated cab driver, Shevvy. Toss in secret panels and a respectable body count, and you come out with an hour of fun.
The print is complete. The Image quality is uneven though always watchable. The audio is okay.
CAST NOTE: Barbara Read is billed as Barbara Reed.